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In the 1600s when slave-traders began to bring slaves and goods to the new colonies in America they never knew they would be bringing along a culture rich in music and rituality Many people thought that Africans were too simple minded to be able to have such things like culture language or even sophisticated buildings They looked over that all and plundered their knowledge wealth and more importantly their music African Music had several different uses Africans used music as means of worship easing the pain of work communication and entertainment Then when the slave trade commenced diffusion took African culture all over the world For instance the worship music diffused into Gospel the music easing the pain of work diffused into the blues the music used for communication diffused into drums and songs used to pass information during wartime and entertainment music diffused into other music forms today such as Rap Jazz and even Rock-and-Roll Gospel music though primarily performed in churches specifically Baptist churches is a mainstream form of music that is heavily influenced by African culture The word Gospel means Good News and correlates with The Holy Bibles Gospels in the New Testament Gospel Music can be called black music by some however gospel music is really various kinds of religious music such as traditional hymns Contemporary Christian diffused together with African music Gospel has been said to have started by a man named Thomas Dorsey His music was filled with shouts of praise at random times and deeply emotional lyrics and songs The music initially was normally a cappella or without accompaniment but as Gospel developed the piano or an organ was used with a soloist quartet and in recent times a mixed choir In the 30s and 40s a mass migration of African-American people spread Gospel music to the North bringing along with it a new way of singing something new to the different singing voices of Whites In Gospel
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